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Legislative governance framework of Saint Paul University

The following documents govern Saint Paul University and define its civil and ecclesiastical nature:

  • Saint Paul University Act (2014) This Law, concerning the University Senate, modified certain articles in the University of Ottawa Act, 1933.
  • Statutes of Saint Paul University (2009) These ecclesiastic statutes, approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education, were written based on their norms and took into account the Apostolic Constitutions. On  April  15,  1979,  His  Holiness  Pope  John  Paul  II  promulgated  the   Apostolic   Constitution  Sapientia   Christiana, followed on April 29 of that same year by the Congregation  for  Catholic  Education’s  publication  of  the Ordinances for  the  immediate  implementation of the Constitution and which the University bases its statutes. In  1990, Pope  John  Paul  II  promulgated  the  Apostolic  Constitution Ex  Corde  Ecclesiae, destined  to become  the Magna Carta of Catholic universities. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops then promulgated the Ordinances for its implementation.
  • Saint Paul University Policy No. 3 – 2002 (2002) A policy document based upon the University of Ottawa Act, 1933 which was developed to incorporate certain elements of the civil charter (Available only in the language originally published).
  • Agreement between Saint Paul University and the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (2001) According to our history, the origin of Saint Paul University dates back to September 26, 1848, when “The College of Bytown” was founded by Bishop Joseph-Eugène Guigues, O.M.I., who in 1856 officially entrusted the College to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (les Missionnaires Oblats de Marie Immaculée). Historically committed to the University, the Corporation, les Missionnaires Oblats de Marie Immaculée and the University signed an agreement that dealt with items such as ownership of assets, merger, dissolution or winding up of the University, the Corporation’s reserved powers, the mode of appointment of the Rector and members of the Council of Administration, the establishment of a foundation, the commitment to and from the members of the Council of Administration (Available only in the language originally published).
  • University of Ottawa Act (1933) This Act, still valid, is considered the seminal document which created the modern day civil charter of our University which came to be known as Saint Paul University.

The University has a bicameral system of governance, through which governance is shared by the Council of Administration and the Senate. Saint Paul University works in association with the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.